§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke:
The Liverpool health authority met on 19 October to discuss a number of options for the future long-term pattern of health services in Liverpool. Because it is forecast that there will continue to be a fall in the population served by the authority, its revenue allocation will be reduced by the regional health authority over the next decade. The future of Sefton General, Princes Park and Newsham General hospitals is being considered as part of this forward look. No decisions have yet been taken. Once the health authority has approved a draft long-term strategy, the hon. Gentleman will, with other interested parties, be consulted on it.